Tragic Figure Essay

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A tragic figure is a virtuous and great characters whose actions and flaws lead to a downfall. In the books, Things fall apart, Antigone, and Of Mice and Men, various characters are portrayed as the tragic figure. However, George from Of Mice and Men, Creon from Antigone, and Okonkwo from Things Fall Apart, all show great signs of being the tragic figure and protagonist of the book they originate in. Each character has a hubris, a tragic flaw, an epiphany, and a tragic downfall leading to end of the novella.
George, a migrant worker, working on a ranch, is portrayed as the tragic figure or character in Of Mice and Men because of his hubris, epiphany, and overall downfall at the end of the ...view middle of the document...

Overall, this proves that George is the tragic character of, of Mice and Men because he has an epiphany, his hubris causes a tragic flaw which leads to a tragic downfall.

In the play Antigone, Creon , a selfish, power hungry ruler, is portrayed as the tragic figure and overall protagonist because of his hubris (which leads to his tragic flaw,) the epiphany Creon has, and the overall downfall at the end of the book. Being the inciting force of the play, Creon causes the main conflict of the play which is, prohibiting Antigone from not being able to bury her brother. Creon becomes ignorant and send Antigone to die as a punishment to show her that he cannot be compromised. Because of this, Creon develops a hubris. His ignorance and overall selfishness throughout the book causes him to not realize how Antigone is feeling being pestered and forced to betray her own religion. This creates Creon to have a tragic flaw. Towards the climax, Creon is visited by a blind prophet by the name of Tiresias. Tiresias tells Creon all the wrong that he has been doing. Creon comes to his senses and realizes that his blindness has brought him nothing but trouble and humiliation. Tiresias also causes Creon’s hamartia, a fatal flaw leading to his overall downfall. Creon is now left to live a living hell because not only has Antigone killed herself, but his own son and wife as well. Creon is now in extreme sorrow and will suffer under guiltiness because of his selfishness and ignorance. This is an example of an anagnorisis, or the part in the play where he becomes knowledgeable of what he has done. Overall, this proves that Creon is the overall tragic figure of the play Antigone because of his hubris, his epiphany, and the overall downfall he suffers at the falling action and end of the book.
Finally, in the book, Things Fall Apart, a story about the ibo clan of Nigeria, Okonkwo is proven to be the protagonist, and tragic figure of the book because of his tragic downfall, his epiphany, and his blindness or hubris, and tragic flaw. Okonkwo, a tough, strong and highly...

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